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  1. 'Stability the key' to new rules on religion

    Posted Oct 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Beijing must tread carefully when reforming regulations on religion, an official in charge of religious affairs says, emphasising that social stability ... into account. 'A religion must be accepted not only by its own congregation, which follows its teachings, but also by non-believers who can live with it,' Mr Ji said at an international ...

  2. New administrative law may clarify the regulation of religions

    Posted Jul 26th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Religious Affairs Administration, writing in the journal China Religion, said the law spells out that the application process for permits to worship must be open. Legitimate interests of religious groups to practice religion in government-registered venues would also be protected, he wrote. At present, religious congregations can worship only in registered venues. In the past, some ...

  3. A little faith in faith could help heal society's troubles

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am by Paul Letters

    ... Paul Letters Marx decried religion as the 'opium of the people'. The current position of the Chinese Communist Party is more ambivalent; indeed, some argue China's leaders see an appeal in the sedative effects of religion. Last week, former British prime minister and renowned Catholic Tony Blair visited China and promoted his worldwide Faith and Globalisation ...

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    China’s Catholics show fervour in Shanghai celebration

    Posted May 24th 2013, 07:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Shanghai Thousands of Chinese Catholics gathered in Shanghai on Friday for a celebration to honour the Virgin Mary, in a show of religious fervour permitted by the Communist-ruled state. China exercises strict control over religion, requiring followers to worship in state-approved churches. In an annual tradition dating back more than a hundred years, pilgrims ...

  5. Religious groups told to report finances

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... after reports of widespread financial mismanagement in religious institutions. Once a taboo under atheistic, communist rule, religion has made a strong comeback as robust economic growth spawns ... of Alliance of Religions and Conservation's China office, said most Buddhist and Taoist temples in China, and their incomes, were controlled by abbots and head priests. 'No one can challenge ...

  6. New controls on religious groups' work

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Beijing has tightened controls on religious groups by imposing restrictions on their charitable activities, complicating their efforts to secure foreign aid. A document issued by six government departments yesterday, ...

  7. Keeping faith

    Posted Jul 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of Falun Gong, which it banned in July 1999, Beijing sees the entry of religion into the wider society as a threat. While it does so, the grave social issues that charities could address ... in easing social contradictions and stabilising the hearts of people,' he said. Religion can also address the most serious moral crisis in Chinese society- the worship of money, which has ...

  8. News - China - RELIGION

    Two settings at Bishop Ding Guangxun's funeral reflect his life

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Late leader of the mainland's state-sanctioned Protestant church sent off in different settings to cater separately to party officials and believers Bishop's funeral reflection of his life The complex life of Bishop Di ...

  9. News - China

    China tackles temple profiteering

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 02:53pm by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Chinese authorities have announced a ban on temples selling shares to investors after managers of several popular ones planned to pursue stock market listings for them as commercial entities. Even the famed Shaolin Temple of ku ...

  10. Religious groups get more room to move

    Posted Oct 20th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... added. Speaking at a two-day international conference on religions and law that ended in Beijing yesterday, Mr Zhang said limiting state authority over religious affairs was a revolutionary ... to challenge the Chinese state and Mr Zhang said historical grievances still coloured policies on religion, as expressed in the 'Three Self' principles- self-administration, self-support ...




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